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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> coming up, donald trump speaks to reporters at a campaign event in michigan. followed by former florida governor jeb bush outlining his foreign-policy views. live at 7:00, washington journal looks at donald trump, millennial voters, and infighting at the pentagon about ways to combat china. today, outgoing army chief of staff general rate warty are no nocusses -- rate warty are ray ordierno discusses.
with the senate in its august break, we will feature book tv programming in prime time on c-span 2. at the end of the summer, look for two special programs on saturday, september 5, live for the 15th annual national book festival, followed on sunday with our live in depth program with former second lady and senior fellow at the american enterprise institute lynne cheney. c-span 2, television for serious readers. >> republican presidential candidate donald trump spoke to the press before his remarks at a lincoln day dinner in michigan. topics included campaign polls, women's health issues, and immigration policy.
this is 15 minutes. mr. trump: good evening. how are you? yes ma'am? >> [indiscernible] mr. trump: i think the republican party is going to do well. you have another party that has problems. i just saw it coming over, the e-mail situation for hillary is a big problem. if they judge it fairly, she has a big problem. no, not at all. i have been proven right. i have absolutely been proven right. [indiscernible] mr. trump: i don't think so at all. i can only go by the polls, 32%.
that is the highest for anybody yet. i can only go by the polls. the people we are dealing with, it is what it is. you look at the results. iowa came out a little while ago. leading in iowa and new hampshire, north carolina, south carolina. nevada. leading everywhere. that is all i can go by. excuse me? that is the best question. china. china. i think you have to do something to rein in china. the d value to their currency and are making it impossible for the u.s. to compete. china has no respect for president obama whatsoever. you have to take strong actions. how can we compete?
they continuously devalue their currency. they have been doing this for years. this was the largest devaluation they have had in two decades. they are making it impossible for our businesses to compete. they think we are run by a bunch of idiots. what is going on with china is unbelievable. the largest devaluation in two decades. a great question. it is a disgrace. major, fantastic. i watched you with president obama two weeks ago. he was not thrilled. i'm sure i will be more thrilled. [indiscernible] >> how would you grade his leadership -- mr. trump: very fair question.
you could have let it rebuild itself, go bankrupt. a lot of people think that is the way it should have gone. i could have done it either way. i think you would have ended up ultimately in the same place. yes ma'am? race relations are at an all-time high or low? that, certainly. [indiscernible] jobs, spirit. there's no spirit. certainly, i would. in terms of how to address -- they are doing poorly, you look
at what is going on in every place. you have powder cakes. you need spirit and you need jobs. we need to take jobs back from china and other countries that have taken our jobs. that is why when the question was asked about china, it is terrible. more jobs are going to go. yes, ma'am? [indiscernible] mr. trump: i think we are going to do well with a lot of voters. the hispanic vote. the women vote. if you look in nevada, they did the poll. i am leading the hispanic vote because i create jobs. i will be creating tremendous numbers of jobs. women's health issues, i am for that. i watched jeb bush give the worst answer the other day. that is going to be his 47%. romney possibly lost the
elections for many reasons, but one reason was 47%. i think jeb's answer on women's health issues the other day was a disaster for him. he said he misspoke. how do you misspoke? i will be great on women's health issues. i cherish women. i will be great on women's health issues, believe me. oh, hello, david. >> you have said you are going to be great on women, china, isis. mr. trump: hopefully everything. >> we have not heard a lot of particulars. when are you going to tell us what you will replace obamacare with, how you will fix china? mr. trump: you did not bring up isis. >> where is the plan?
mr. trump: when you are coming up with a plan, you have to be flexible. i recently got something in miami, everybody wanted it. if i had said, here is a 12 point plan, i did not do that. i went in and punched in beat the hell out of people and i ended up getting it. all the smart money wanted it. the old post office. everybody wanted it. i got it. in the obama administration, i got it which is shocking. i got it. i got it because i know how to get things done. you cannot sit down and say, well, i'm going to come up with a 19 point plan to get the old post office and turn it into a great hotel. the most sought after property in the history of the general services administration.
trump got it. i am not an obama person. you have to have flex ability. >> you are asking people to trust you. mr. trump: there has to be a trust. if you do not trust, you will not do well. [indiscernible] mr. trump: jeb bush does not have -- he will not be able to negotiate against china. he will not be able to negotiate against mexico. jeb bush with mexico said people come in, it is an act of love. it is not an act of love. we need a wall. you see what is happening with illegal immigration. if it were not for me, they would not even be talking about illegal immigration. you see what happened in san francisco, yesterday in california, which was horrible.
the whole situation with jeb bush, his act of love, it is not working. i took a lot of heat and then people realized i was right and apologized to me. we are going to be announcing numbers and specifics, knowing that what i just said is right. you have to be flexible on jobs and everything else. i will be speaking about it later. we will be taking jobs away from china, away from all these countries stealing from us. they are stealing our base, money, manufacturing. we will bring them back to the u.s. forward, as an example, is building a $2.5 billion plant in mexico. how does that help us? i went to the wharton school of finance. if they are spending $2.5 billion to build a car plant in mexico.
cars and parts are going all over the u.s., but they are coming into the u.s., no tax. how does that help us except they are closing plants in michigan. we are talking about bringing back jobs to the u.s. yes, sir? [indiscernible] mr. trump: 10 years ago, everybody wanted the wall. they could not get it. you know one of the reasons? environmental impact statements. there were toads. we are going to get the wall built. it is going to be built right. mexico is going to pay for the wall. in mexico is making a fortune off the u.s. mexico is going to pay for the wall and they are going to be happy about it. the cost of the wall is peanuts compared to the kind of money
they are making. mexico is becoming the new china. i have a great love for mexico. i have a love for the mexican people. i have thousands of mexican people over the years that have worked for me. thousands. they are fantastic people. but there politicians and leaders are smarter and sharper and more cunning. they are more cunning than our leaders. they will pay for the wall, they will be happy about it, they will continue to do well but not as well as they are doing right now. they are taking too many of our jobs. [indiscernible] mr. trump: third-party. that could happen. you know, that could happen.
in the debate, it came out on one of the networks today. there should have been 2 million people watching. that has been sort of standard. there are 24 million people. it is going to go to 28-29 or 30. who do you think they are watching, jeb bush? i don't think so. youi don't think so. i hope not. i want to run as a republican to read that is what i am doing and i am leading in every poll. the local and national polls and by substantial margins. i hope i will be the republican nominee because that is the best way to win. i will keep the door open if i'm not treated fairly. the word is fairly, not well. if i'm not treated fairly, we will see what happens. i was part of the establishment. let me explain.
i was the establishment two months ago. i was the fair-haired boy, a big giver. once i decided to run, i am a semi-antiestablishment. now leading in the polls, they are treating me well. me and there are people have been terrific. and they are dealing with my people. we have a great relationship. you i want to run as a republican, i don't want to run as a third party or independent. as long as i am treated fairly, that is going to be the case. you are fairly is an instinct. you i want fair. you know what fair is. youyou know what fair is. i know what fair is. i think that is happening. are win, lose, or draw, i'm not saying i have win. you might if i win the nomination, i guarantee you i
will not run a third-party you will not run a third-party candidate. one more question? yes. you i would never give up my microphone. i thought that was disgusting. that showed such a weakness. the way he was taken away by two young women, they just took the whole place over. the audience, which liked him, they are saying, how could that happen? that will never happen with me. i felt badly for him. it showed he is weak. you know what? he is getting the biggest crowds and i'm getting the biggest crowds. but believe me, that is not going to happen to trump. yes? you could win it. you are way out in front. i agree. [indiscernible]
mr. trump: you want to be vice president? he had great credibility until he said that. one more. >> [indiscernible] trump: 100%, mark it down. ladies and gentlemen, thank you. we will go make a speech and then you go home. have a good time. thank you very much. >> this sunday night, institute for policy studies fellow and aunt there were activist on u.s. foreign-policy since 9/11.
>> who is isis? what are their origins? all of those questions are important. is whatmore important is the u.s. policy regarding isis? can we really go to war are we doingrism? war wrong or is it wrong to say there should he a war against terrorism at all? i think those questions will be the most useful. >> next, republican presidential candidate jeb bush outlines his foreign-policy agenda. he challenged hillary clinton's tenure as secretary of state calling for decision by the administration to withdraw from iraq a fatal error. this is 40 minutes.
[applause] bush: thank you all. thank you very much. thank you so much. thank you so much. what an honor to be here it is great seeing you. i have fond memories of campaigning -- not so much campaigning against the reagan family. campaigning with was an honor. it is an honor for me to be here and it is good to be with you. i appreciate the hospitality of the ronald reagan presidential library. i bring greetings from the person who is proud to have when his vice president.
[applause] mr. bush: that competition turned into friendship. the better he got to know reagan, the more he admired and loved him. i made a call to mr. reagan -- mrs. reagan to let her know that many love her very much. [applause] bush: it is amazing. seven elections have come and gone since the reagan name was last on the ballot. in many ways, the name and the qualities of brings to mind is still the standard. a leader of clarity and resolve. not given to idle words. it was president reagan who took command of events and moved the world toward peace.
strategically and morally, he believed that the cold war could be won, not just endlessly managed. they don't always give up piece prices for that, but peace is what ron reagan left behind and that was the legacy of a good man. [applause] mr. bush: in our time, it is strength, will, and clarity of purpose when america engages with friends and allies and resolves to deal with threats. we see how critical this is to security. when it counts the most, they are missing.
to grasp what the next president will face, we have to look at the policies that have gone wrong in the war on terror. despite the elaborate efforts, a threat we faced today comes from islamic terrorists who are assessed -- possessed by the same violent ideology that gave us 9/11. they are on the offensive and gaining ground. it is not true. it was wishful thinking to think that though war is receding. it has been spreading like a pandemic. across the middle east, throughout africa, and through parts of asia. even in the nations of the west, they find recruits in europe and the united states.
here is another stark reality. seven years ago, the long awaited caliphate exists in the theory. today, the radical caliphate place thatn actual occupies a stretch of land bigger than indiana. isis controls parts of two countries and is gaining influence in others. and yet, obama's administration has no who strategy -- has no strategy to stop it. in place of one, they are pursuing a minimalist approach of incremental escalation. the results of been a creeping u.s. involvement without any strategic results. of both worlds. a year of limited strikes another half measures have made little difference.
a halting, ineffective effort has only embolden the terrorists 's, leaving the pandemic unchecked. , falluja, ramadi, and cities american troops died to liberate are now under the black flag of isis. inside the caliphate, nonbelievers are forced to convert and those who do not are met with a terrible fate. in the middle east, we are witnessing a mass persecution and exodus of followers of jesus christ. there is no allowance for the adherents of islam who filled the mass graves with innocent muslims. the potential recruits can even follow it on social media. it is a time when the mass murderers have twitter handles and facebook and instagram.
we need to work with the owners of these companies to give careful thought on how we address this problem. isis is called a strong horse that is the glorious cleanser of islam. that word is getting out on western-based social media. this explains the pandemic and the thousands from europe and from america. giving us isis terrorists with western passports. the islamic state and its followers are an asymmetric threat, needing just one big strike to inflict devastation. it is the focus of evil in the modern world. civilized nations everywhere
have a duty to oppose and defeat this enemy. or policymaker involved will claim to have gotten everything right in the region, iraq especially. in a long experience of military setbacks, one moment stands out as the turning point we were waiting for, the diplomatic operations that turned the events towards victory. it was a success, brilliant, heroic, and costly. this nation will never forget the courage and sacrifice that made it all possible. [applause] why was the success of the surge followed by a withdrawal of iraq? leaving not even a residual force that was necessary?
error,s the fatal creating the void that isis moved in to fill and that you exploited, ass well. isis grew while the united disconnected. where was secretary of state hillary clinton? she stopped by iraq exactly can argue that america and her friends are safer today than in 2009. so eager to be the history makers, they failed to be the peacemakers. [applause]
it was a case of blind haste to get out and called a tragic consequences somebody else's problem. danger can berom every bit as unwise as rushing into danger. all of that is in the past. it cannot be undone. another terrible miscalculation is a different story. that would be the obama-clinton-kerry policy. of treating the mullahs in iran as a stabilizing force in the region, when they are deceitful to [applause] tatars causing nothing but instability. dictators causing nothing but instability. [applause] whenever bad things happen in the middle east, the influence of the mullahs is rarely far from the scene. that supportsme
terrorism, threatens to destroy israel, has been trying to develop nuclear weapons routinely committing human rights violations, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of u.s. troops in iraq and is unlawfully detaining american citizens. iran, its terrorist proxy hezbollah has fueled the conflict in iraq. the president's deal with iran confronts none of these problems and it does not prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capabilities. in fact, this prepares the way for that with lifting the of sanctions to free up $100 billion for the security services to use as they wish. in effect, the primary investors in a radical middle east have just received a new round of
funding from the united states of america and united nations. this is a obama's idea of a diplomatic triumph. wow. it is a deal unwise in the extreme with a regime that is untrustworthy in the extreme. it should be rejected by the congress of the united states of america. [applause] if congress does not reject the deal, the damage must be undone by the next president. it will be my intention to begin that process immediately. [applause] knowing what has gone wrong, however, is not the same as
knowing how to set it right. the threat of global jihad and islamic state in particular requires all the strength, unity, and confidence that only american leadership can provide. radical islam is a threat we are entirely capable of overcoming, and i will be unyielding should i be elected the president of united states of america. [applause] we should pursue the clear and unequivocal objective of throwing back the barbarians of isis and helping the millions in the region who want to live in peace. instead of simply reacting to each new move the terrorists choose to make, we will use every advantage that we have to take the offensive, to keep it, and to prevail in all of this, the united states must engage with friends and allies and lead again in this vital region. [applause]
egypt and saudi arabia, the most populist and wealthiest countries in the middle east, are important partners of the united states. those relationships have been badly mishandled by the savannah's racial and. both countries are the key to a better coordinated effort against terrorism. we need to restore trust and work more closely with them against common threats. we have very capable partners likewise in the united arab emirates who are willing and unable to take the fight to the extremists. with a moderate and for better but later in king of bela jordan. we have an ally in the democratic government in tunisia. in a fragile democracy in lebanon. nations that are both under assault by radicals and terrorists. across the region, responsible governments need no persuading of what the moment requires. it requires action, coordination, and american leadership to bring it all together host up i strategy uniquehe unique --
circumstances in each of these countries, iraq and syria, in which i says now has territory. -- isis has territory. let's start with the broad actions i would take to remove the threat in that country. first, we must support the iraqi forces which right now have the will to win, but not the means. as matters stand, the united states has been helping to reconstitute iraqi security services and to aid the kurdish. when you to help ensure iraqis rebuild the security sector, not only to win against isis, but to break free of iranian influence will stop and that efforts should also involve even greater engagement with the sunni tribes whose fighting units serve side-by-side with americans to thent al qaeda, in iraq, disbanded by the al-maliki government. second, we must give these forces the consistent advantage of american air power to cover
their operations in the strike with fears precision. the strategy has to include forward their controllers whose skill and accuracy with severely hinder the enemy's freedom of movement. this would greatly improve the ability of fighter aircraft and helicopters for support to local ground forces. i says fighters try lending into the landscape. our spotters on the ground will enable us to hit them hard and rarely miss. third, we must make a better use of the limited forces we have by giving them a greater range of action. right now, we have around 3500 soldiers and marines in iraq, and more weld may be needed. we do not need, and our france do not ask for, a major commitment of american combat forces. but will we do need is to convey we are serious that we're determined to help local forces take their country.
it is notghters know simple enough to dispense advice and training to local forces and then send them on their way and hope for the best. canadian troops are already embedded in iraq units to very good effect. our soldiers and marines need the go-ahead to do that as well, to help our partners outthink and outmaneuver the enemy. fourth, we should provide more support to the kurds, giving them decisive military power against isis. [applause] in iraq's kurdish region, we have loyal friends and brave and skilled fighters. if i am commander-in-chief, the united states will make certain the kurds have everything they need to win. [applause] and finally, our strategy in iraq has to restart the serious to the medic efforts that can help the country move in the right direction. sunnis, kurdstes,
can decide if they will live together and sure power and resources in a way that will serve their interests, assuring the survival of their country. knowhese partners have to while the united states is there in measure, we are also there in earnest and for the long haul. that is been a problem of the obama administration. no one believes we are serious because we are not made the kind of commitments of friends take with friends. -- that friends make with friends. [applause] come through for their country, but they have got to know we have their back. now the situation in syria is quite different from that than the one in iraq. in some ways it is even more complex because we have no large cohesive force to work with. and here, too, we have seen what ruin and suffering can follow when america doesn't lead. about 11lion syrians, million have been displaced or fled the country altogether.
imagine that. more than 200,000 people have so far been killed in the mayhem. the regime of shar al-assad is deploying every religious means to stay in power. long brutalized by that regime, now under assault from isis, syrian moderates won the fight against both enemies and they regime as a greater evil. it is a sorrowful picture when you look back at how it could've been avoided. exactly four years ago, we heard words that still hang in the air of the middle east when president obama declared the time has come for president al-assad to step aside. then three years ago, came another pronouncement that any use of chemical weapons by al-assad would be a redline inviting tough consequences for the regime. if the choice was between silence and these idle grandiose words, it would've been a heck
of a lot better to say nothing at all. [applause] what followed is that al-assad use those weapons again and again in the renault serious consequences whatsoever. having lost our credibility on such an epic scale, it is hard to get it back. we had better try because the longer we do nothing, the more dangerous the situation becomes and the more directly our friends and our interest are threatened. -- ourimate goal ultimate goal is to achieve long-term political stability in the country, defeating crisis requiring the feeding al-assad, but we have to make sure his regime is not replaced by something as bad or worse. the last thing we need in syria is a repeat of libya with its plane less aftermath, where the end of the dictatorship was only the beginning of more terrorist violence, including the death of four americans in benghazi.
[applause] syria will need a stable government in a transition free of more sectarian bloodletting depend on the credible moderate forces we help to unite and build up today. to that end, my strategy would be to bring american influence to bear in four important areas of action. effort isorrugated essential to give syria's moderate forces the upper hand. there has been support a finding groups in, but these grids are not always working to common purpose. and if there's anything that moderate forces in syria cannot afford right now, it is confusion and disunity. under my strategy, the aim would be to drop the moderates together and back them up as one force. and we should back that force up all the way through, not just in taking the fight to the enemy,
but in helping them form a stable my moderate government once isis is defeated and al-assad is gone. it is attack,, located, to put medic -- diplomatic proposition, even more than the current situation in iraq will stop at it can be done. surge howthe iraq islamic moderates can be pulled away from extremist forces and strategic elements in both cases are the same. we have to support local forces and we must stay true to our word. second, we have to expand and vastly improve the recruitment and training of syrian forces fighting isis. at the moment, too many in syria doubt they can count on us, which explains why our recruiting and training have basically come to nothing. we have spent half $1 billion on a program that has gotten us 54 recruits. when that happens, you know the plan isn't working out really well. [applause]
ofm tinted to be reminded healthcare.gov. it cost a little bit more and at the same result. [applause] just saying. the reality is our criminal efforts have been failing in syria because we are not respected anymore as a reliable actor in the region. and we have to change that impression with a clear, consistent, and credible action that every nation should expect from the united states of america. third, we must over time establish multiple safe zones in syria. it is a measure of progress that we join with the turks to create a small isis-free zone in the northern part of the country. that we need to go well beyond that by establishing safe zones to protect syrians and only from isis, but also from assad. fourth, we and our partner should declare no-fly zone in syria, and then work to expand that zone to expand -- prevent more crimes by the regime. and force that no-fly zone and
stop the bombing raids that killed helpless citizens. it could also help stop ringing flights from resupplying the regime and hezbollah and other bad actors. a no-fly zone is a critical step to cut off a thought, counter iranian influence, keep the pressure on for a settlement, and prevent more needless deaths in a country that has seen so much of it. only talk about no-fly zones in syria, precision airstrikes in iraq, or any projection of military power to meet or to terror threats, all of this assumes that such power is there when we need it. yet here as well, the shortsightedness of the present administration will leave a cost . we are in the seventh year of a significant dismantling of our own military. and i must inverse proportion to the threats that are multiplying -- almost inverse proportion to the threat that are multiplying. the day i'm elected as
president, is the day we will turn us around and begin rebuilding the armed forces of the united states of america. [applause] a winning strategy against the islamic state or against any threat to ourselves and our friends depends ultimately on the military strength that underwrites american influence. let that slip away, and what would america be in the world affairs except one more well-intentioned voice at the united nations. we don't want that. any effort of hours to overcome violence and secure peace, a winning strategy depends on maintaining unequal strength, and we can never take it for granted. i might add, this includes strength among our intelligence services, military and civilian.
no men and women. [applause] no group of men and women receive so little credit for doing so much to track dangerous and to keep us safe. these skilled brave americans can be sure of this. if i become commander-in-chief, they will receive the tools they need and the gratitude and respect and the support they deserve. [applause] a good many people who serve in our military and intelligence agencies are at midcareer. i venture to guess for quite a few of them, their calling is something to do with their coming-of-age in the reagan years. yet any nests altra for that time has to recall, not only a falling wall and collapsing evil empire am a but also the fear and tension in the dead serious challenges that could have all played out so very differently. from the distance of decades,
even the greatest successes and security in foreign policy can look almost inevitable. of course, nothing had to happen as it did. weariness with conflict were in pretty deep act and, along with despair of ever getting past it. but then along came one fermentable figure who would not accept that way of thinking, and he was the one who matter the most. it is that way for us, to, and having to deal with long conflicts in serious threats that are again on the offensive. and of living up to our responsibilities, we can always use a little more of the reagan spirit, rejecting with contempt the idea that conflict must be in less or that the spread of danger and violence is inevitable. it is not. [applause] for generations, american-led alliances, american diplomacy,
and american credibility deterred aggression and defended the piece. forward in our time as well, let by president who is resolute, as i will be, and the defeat of radical islamic terrorism wherever it appears. [applause] we can protect our people, put adversaries back in retreat, get things moving our way again, and move back -- when back the momentum for freedom's cause. in all of this, let us never forget that in fighting evil, we are doing good. in stopping the merciless, we are delivering justice. and it destroying the violence in the we're defending the innocent. this is the work that america is in this world to do. let us meet that duty with confidence, faith, and resolve. thank you all very much and god bless the united states of america. [applause]
thank you. thank you. thank you. [applause] >> a few questions. i want to assure you that i am no megyn kelly. [laughter] mr. bush: i noticed. i can tell. my keen sense of observation. >> smart guy. you mentioned the plight of christians the middle east in your speech. in some countries, christian communities that are been around for more than 1000 years are
virtually extinct. my question is, "does the unite states of a moral responsibility to intervene to stop this kind of genocide?" mr. bush: but for us, who? who will stand up for the persecuted? look, bob, i have a personal connection to this. this existed before, but because my daughter-in-law is canadian born, beautiful, spectacular woman, brilliantly on believe and gave me two beautiful granddaughters. her parents are iraqi christians. i have been sensitized to the plight of christians in iraq. in mosul, for 1600 years, mass was given. communion was given. today, it is not. because isis controls mosul. they will persecute and kill
christians and they are fleeing all over the region. not just iraq. there are challenges in lebanon, which used to be a peaceful christian nation. think about the isis inspired terrorists on the shores of the mediterranean in eastern libya, executing, beheading 18 christian cops. think about the christians being slaughtered all around the world. think of the precious christian girls in northern nigeria. this is our challenge. but for us who? thehave a duty and we have skills to do this. these are not the most awesome forces in the world. the united states has fought wars against forces that were evil, just as evil as this with greater military might. we can take these guys on. we have special forces that are the best in the world. we have military capabilities
that far exceed anybody else. i reject the idea that this is not important. this would send a signal that the united states is supportive of people, who through no fault of their own believing in their , faith, are being killed and persecuted. we need to stand up to this. [applause] >> different subject, you were critical of the president's deal with iran. what would you do against this threat? mr. bush: if you are going to negotiate a deal with iran, you should have kept what the objective was from the beginning, which was to never allow iran to obtain the capabilities to build a nuclear bomb. that was the beginning of the effort.
we have gone from that to have trust but verify kind of inspections, to now, anytime anywhere, to now it is secret agreements signed with an agency of the united nations where our members of congress cannot even read them. i mean, this is the wrong approach, clearly. i hope congress votes this down. i hope it is with a two thirds majority. if it is, let the president go back if he wants a negotiated deal in our security interests. if that does not happen, on day one we will have a strategy to deal with the multitude of iran threats. arendt doesn't just bring the threat of bring -- being a nuclear threshold country that would provide the possibilities of nuclear proliferation. i mean, these are serious problems, but they are also the largest sponsor of terrorism. not just, by the way, in the region but latin america and other places. they support hezbollah which is
active in our hemisphere as well. we have to with that threat. we have to push them back in that regard. made harder because they will have at least $100 billion of fresh capital. we have to deal with the capabilities they will get when conventional weapons sanctions are relieved, which is in a relatively short period of time. to have ballistic missile capabilities their developing, then have conventional weapons capabilities second to none. it is something we're going to have to deal with. the strategy needs to be to engage with the region of course, the countries that feel most directly threatened, but we have to lead this. we cannot be part of the community of nations. all this new language that is the antithesis of american leadership. we have to lead and develop a strategy to push iran back in to its own country in terms of
its efforts to destabilize the regime, and to make sure they never have the capability for a nuclear weapon. [applause] >> my last question, you mentioned some of the mistakes secretary clinton with respect to iraq. can you talk to us about what you think of her tenure and some of the differences you have? mr. bush: i will say the obama clinton policy will be rumored - as a foreign-policy aced on -- based on grandiose talk and little action. it will be based on wonderful speeches and grandiose things like red lines. russia is a regional power, 30 days later, they invade crimea. isis is the junior force it in and they create a caliphate
literally and announce their objective is to put the black flag of aces on top of the white house. this is the language of the administration. and their inability to back it up has created real dangers in the world. they believe in soft power. i don't have a power -- problem with soft power as long as there's a hard power behind it. when there is no hard power -- [applause] skip over that part. you can just talk about things. we are not part of the community of nations. we can't lead from behind. we have to lead. and the way you create a more peaceful world -- there's enough evidence in history, starting with ronald reagan. we're in this place to honor him because he understood that having certainty, having a word that everybody understood, friend and fellow like, created peace, lessened the chance of america's boots on the ground,
american combat troops being necessary. we need to restore that foreign-policy and make it more bipartisan. this last week, the president -- i have not heard what hillary clinton's view is on this, if you see her, why don't you ask a -- he says for those who oppose the iranian deal, there are solid and legitimate reasons to oppose the deal. [applause] the president had the gall to say those that oppose this deal were in cahoots with the death to america crowd in iran. the death to america crowd in iran is the group he negotiated the deal with. [applause] this is the problem. we need to restore a bipartisan consensus on foreign-policy. you can't keep pushing down people that disagree with you, ascribing horrible motives,
them warmongers every time that a principal view, and make your view this illustrious so intelligent view that no one in their right mind would not embrace it. you'll never get the kind of consensus we need unless you start with the principal that people disagree with you on principle, for crying out loud. maybe you should engage with people to forge a better consensus to get to better place. and this is wrong. [applause] across the spectrum of foreign policy, we see this. mrs. clinton was the implementer of this foreign-policy. i think the experience she has israel. i mean, she was secretary state for four years, but it is a failed record. the reset, libya, benghazi, the fight against terror. on and on it goes. and it is based on not backing up your word where america no longer has any credibility in
the world. i would conclude by saying, name a country where our relationship is better today than the day barack obama was inaugurated and hitler clinton was sworn in as secretary state. cuba and iran. name the relationships where they are worse. it starts with canada and it is a long, long list. the next president needs to restore these relationships because it is important to keeping the peace. [applause] thank you guys. >> hold on just a second. [applause] >> governor, thank you for those
inspiring remarks. i think by the response from the people in the audience, you can tell you have every single one of them on your side. mr. bush: can you all move to iowa? [laughter] they are living in paradise. theehalf of everyone at reagan library in the foundation and everyone in this room, with a gift for you. this is an american flag that flew over the library today and we would like to give it to you. mr. bush: thank you. thank you all. [applause] >> today the national business group on health prisons the results of its annual survey looking at 2016 health care trends and ways large employers
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or is it the war wrong wrong to say there should be a war against terrorism at all? some are the questions in ways that are the most important and will be the most useful. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern and pacific on c-span's q&a. >> like today on c-span -- and 45 minutes, a look at the donald trump campaign and his positions on key issues. our guest is michael warren of "the weekly standard." the executive director of young invincible's talks
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